WATCH: In Marvel’s new ‘Shang-Chi’ trailer, a new hero battles familiar foes

WATCH: In Marvel’s new ‘Shang-Chi’ trailer, a new hero battles familiar foes
(Screengrab from YouTube: Marvel Entertainment)

On Monday, Marvel gave its hardcore fans two gifts in one day by releasing the official poster for ‘Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings,’ along with on-set sneak peeks, and then dropping the first trailer for the much-awaited movie featuring Marvel’s first Asian superhero.

The trailer is stacked with fresh faces as well as enemies that should ring the bell of anyone who’s seen the franchise since its first phase. Canadian actor Simu Liu stars as the titular hero who, in the trailer, looks like your typical San Francisco resident but conceals a complicated history, one involving the legacy of his father, Wenwu, as the leader of an international terrorist organization known as the Ten Rings.

Get a first look at Shang-Chi and his kickass moves in the new trailer below:

From the trailer, we learn that Shang-Chi has broken out of the torturous childhood that trained him to into becoming an assassin and has been making it on his own for 10 years. But if we know anything from Asian-led movies, we know that family always comes first, so you can bet that Shang-Chi’s past, along with his equally able assassin clan members, isn’t be trailing too far behind.

Another thing to realize from the trailer is that despite the noticeable connections to Marvel’s earlier phases — Wenwu actually refers to himself as The Mandarin too — the new film feels very original and novel. But maybe that’s just us yearning to see an Asian Marvel superhero on screen.

But aside from feeling like a gift to fans, the release of the official poster and trailer is also an actual gift to Liu who celebrates his birthday today, April 19!

Simu Liu is all of us right now.

Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy) and also stars AwkwafinaTony Chiu-Wai LeungFlorian MunteanuMichelle Yeoh, and Ronny Chieng. The new Marvel film hits theaters on September 3, 2021.

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